Finland’s government is offering special box gifts to pregnant women for 80 years. This box contains accessories, clothes, sheets and toys for newborn needs. Whether rich or poor the woman is given this box. It is like a starter kit for the upbringing of children. According to a survey, about 95% of newborns in Finland take their first sleep in this box.
First of all, the government started distributing this Maternity Box to low-income families in 1938. Since 1949, women of every class started giving this box. In fact, the government believes that due to this there is a sense of equality among the people. Whether the child is from any background, he takes his first sleep in the box of this cardboard.
The government gives the mother the option to take the box or 140 Euro cash instead. 95% of women usually opt for the box. The Maternity Box is given to pregnant women who have completed four months of pregnancy. For this, everyone has to go to the municipal clinic.
Children’s mortality decreased In the 1930s, Finland was counted among poor countries. The infant mortality rate was also 65. I.e. 65 deaths in thousands of children born. But, after a few decades of government’s Maternity Box scheme, things have improved considerably. After 1980, infant mortality rate in Finland is below 10.
The box contains mattress cover, undersheet, blanket, sleeping bag. Apart from this, snowsuits, hats, towels, nail cutters, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, thermometers, nappies and footwear are also provided. Children play a picture book and some other toys to play.